Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

Posted August 23, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie ChongWhere Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong
Series: The Company of Angels #1
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Published by Mira on August 23, 2011
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure–seeking humans. He won't release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…

After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy–sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries–old feelings. Now, their high–stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell.or a deliciously hot heaven.

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First Impressions

A guardian angel and an arch demon fighting over the soul a movie star then accidentally fall in love, with each other. Yes please. Really wanted to see how this would play out for them all.

What Worked

I enjoyed the battle of wills between Serena (Guardian Angel) and Julian (Arch Demon). Seeing which one would ultimately succumb to the other did bring some sparks to the page. It had me turning the pages to find out what would happen.

Though this is a romance novel (and we all know how it will ultimately end) Ms. Chong did a good job in the suspense department, keeping me on my toes. Things weren’t so overwhelmingly predictable where I could guess every step the characters would take.

The romance between Julian and Serena was hot. I could feel the connection they had towards each other. Though there was that instant attraction, they still had different agendas going on and I enjoyed watching how their growing romance affected their choices.

Could Have Been Better

I would have liked more action and danger within the story. While there was the war of the wills going on mentally there could have been more physical action to amp things up.

Better character development, while the characters interested me I didn’t really connect with them like I wanted to. Especially Serena.

I wanted to be engulfed in the story and not some bystander on the outside looking in and that’s how I felt for most of the story.

Characters

Serena: I didn’t really connect with her as much as I wanted. Her personality was more on the innocent side, though she did stand up to Julian most of the time which redeemed her a bit. She was willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good which is a good character trait, showcasing her strength on a different level.

Julian: Was a more interesting character to me, I enjoyed getting to know his past and watch as he evolved from viewing the world one way to the other.

Overall

Where Demons Fear to Tread was a good, interesting book that caught my attention with its plotline and somewhat kept it throughout the story. I enjoyed the battle of wills between good and evil and how Julian and Serena slowly fell in love. Though I wished I could have connected to the characters more and there was faster heart pounding action. All in all I enjoyed the book, will I pick up the next book in the series? Maybe, if the story captures my interest. Readers can if this one a try and see what they think.

3 Stars

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